1. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Ryan McGinley, self-published, 2000
2. PRETEND YOU’REACTUALLY ALIVE
Leigh Ladare, ppp Editions, 2008
3. BERLIN: IN THE TIME OFTHE WALL
John Gossage, Loosestrife, 2004
Viviane Sassen, Contrasto, 2008
Sassen was brought up in Mozambique and has returned to Africa to shoot these strange and graphic portraits. Sometimes posed and sometimes caught, these photographs are combined with a stunning design, in which many of the pages are cut, to produce a strange and compelling book. Her portraits are so original it is difficult to place them.
Rinko Kawauchi, Little More, 2001
6. SLIME THE BOOGIE
Dash Snow, Peres Projects, 2007
This remarkable conceptual project documents 3624 objects Meindertsma bought at auction for EUR200. All of them had been confiscated at Schipol airport during the stringent security checks initiated after 9/11. The book was published in an edition of roughly 1000, and one of the featured objects was given away free with each copy.
8. HACKNEY WICK
Stephen Gill, Nobody, 2005
This is the most compelling new book to deal with war in the last ten years, and has a feel of a magazine, with thin paper and serrated edges that all add to its immediacy. The title comes from the phrase that van Kesteren heard shouted at him many times as moved round Iraq.
10. A SHIMMER OFPOSSIBILITY
Paul Graham, Steidl/Mack, 2007